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for the u.s. car company. in today's cover story, are budget talks in washington killing chrismas for retailers? plus, the winter trade. the sectors of the stock market that go up when temperatures drop. dairy dollars - how entrepreneurs can learn from the latest greek yogurt craze. what small businesses need to do now to prepare for 2013. first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning. it's tuesday, december 18th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look: soaring stocks. the dow rallied 100 points higher yesterday, with the other indices following suit along with gold and oil. oil was up on hopes of a budget deal out of washington. boeing's buying back $3.6 billion shares is getting trader buzz. the company is also pushing up its dividend by 10%. microsoft founder bill gates is upping his stake in in deere & company to 7% from 5.8%. deere closed last night at $86. in the fallout from the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, which remains on our minds, some interesting stats: reports say gun rights groups
will be re-paid, but leaves out small businesses and private companies. the u.s. senate is expected to start debating this afternoon on how much money to spend on repair costs in the wake of superstorm sanday. the current disaster aid package stands at $60.4 billion. the aid could become a political football. some republicans in the house want to consider a smaller initial amount to cover immediate needs until there's more evidence of the need for additional spending. fema, the federal emergency management agency's, disaster relief fund has nearly $5 billion, which is enough to pay for recovery costs into early spring. peabody energy corp. gets a lump of coal in its stocking. the st. louis-based coal producer says a drop in coal prices and lower market demand are dragging down its sales by about 2 million tons. coal producers have struggled this year against record low natural gas prices. those cheap prices prompt utilities to use it instead of coal for fuel. peabody does expect results to improve later this year. the latest identification scam may be closer than you think. jennifer waters o
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